ICONIC PIT-STOPS DURING A RIDE AROUND LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN
Galleries, museums, a zoo and aquarium, the Arboretum, scenic wetlands, cafes and breweries call the 40km shoreline home, so prepare for a full day of sight-seeing. The ride around Lake Burley Griffin is mostly flat and can be done with ease on a road bike or mountain bike.
Start your day with a coffee at the lakeside cafes at the Kingston Foreshore before pedalling to the Parliamentary Zone to explore art galleries and museums. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia and Questacon all within a 5-minute ride of each other. Alternatively, test your legs with an up-hill cycle to Australian Parliament House.
After exploring the Parliamentary Zone you’ll surely have worked up an appetite, call into the Canberra Yacht Club in Yarralumla and enjoy some fish and chips with a view from Snapper on the Lake.
Continue following the lake’s edge to the west where you can stop for a hole of golf at the Royal Canberra Golf Club or say hello to endangered animals at the National Zoo & Aquarium. Enjoy a ranger-guided tour or an animal encounter before hopping back on your bike. A short ride along the bike path will take you to the National Arboretum Canberra, where you can stretch your legs with a stroll through forests of rare trees.
Soak up the view of Telstra Tower as you pedal past the city and if you’ve timed it right, you might even ride past the National Carillion as it chimes away on the quarter hour or the full recital on Wednesdays and Sundays at 12:30pm.
Continue following the lake’s edge around to Jerrabomberra Wetlands. This wetland is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including turtles, water dragons and platypus. Keep an eye out for native flying friends as well.
Finish your day with a flame-grilled burger from Brodburger at the Glassworks. Originated in an old red gypsy caravan, Brodburger has the perfect burger for everyone (vegans included)! Catch a glassblowing demonstration at the Canberra Glassworks while you’re there.
This 40km loop is easy to navigate and completely on bike paths, with limited road crossings. Use this map to navigate your way around the circuit (or go old school and simply keep the lake on your right-hand side). The Lake Burley Griffin loop is mostly flat and takes approximately three hours to complete.
Bikes are available for hire at the Canberra Region and Visitors Centre and The Cyclery. Alternatively, self-service rental stations are dotted around the city thanks to Share a Bike or find an Air Bike using their app.
Guided tours are a great way to see the sights around the lake with expert tips along the way. Canberra Bike Tours offer safe and stress-free tours, using a variety of bikes including electric bikes, that can be tailored to your group.